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of that comedy translated, whereint the philosopher is exhibited on the Sage

Page 154

CXLII. The history of Nicolas Pedrosa, and

his escape from the Inquisition in Madrid

- 181

V CXLIII. The history of Nicolas Pedrosa conti

nued . - . . 193 CXLIV. The history concluded - 205 ✓ CXLV. Serious meditations upon the character

of an infidel. Quotation from Bonnet's Philosophical and Critical Enquiries concerning Christianity.

Translation of 139th Psalm 214 . CXLVI. General observations on the social cha

ratter. Certain rules recommended for the improvement of our manners and habits in society. Example of an egotist, and the rebuke which he received :

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CXLVII. Conversation in a Coffee-house, upon

the Time past, compared with the Time present. The merits of the

authors

THE '

OB S E R V E R.

ÎN CXXVI.

Jam te premit nok.

HORAT.

I Am sitting down to begin the talk of adding I a new volume to these essays, when the last day of thë year 1789 is within a few hours of its conclufion, and I shall bid farewell to this èventful period with a grateful mind for its having passed lightly over my head without any extraordinary perturbation or misfortune on my part suffered, gently leading me towards that destined and not far distant hour, when I, like it, shall be no more.

I have accompanied it through all those changes and successions of seasons, which in our Vol. V. - B

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climate are so strongly discriminated; have shared in the pleasures and productions of each, and if any little idle jars or bickerings may occasionally have started up betwixt us, as will fometimes happen to the best of friends, I willingly consign them to oblivion, and keep in mind only those kind and good offices, which will please on reflection, and serve to endear the memory of the deceased.

All days in twelve months will not be days of sunshine ; but I will say this for my friend in his last moments, that I cannot put my finger upon one in the same century, that hath given birth to more interesting events, been a warmer advocate for the liberties and rights of mankind in general, or a kinder patron to this country in particular: I could name a day (if there was any need to point out what is so strongly impressed on our hearts) a day of gratulation and thanksgiving, which will ever stand forth amongst the whitest in our calendar,

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